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Arab Parliament head ‘disappointed’ with Pakistan’s decision
April 12, 2015, 9:00 am
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In this Monday, March 30, 2015 file photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Royal Saudi Land Forces and units of Special Forces of the Pakistani army take part in a joint military exercise called "Al-Samsam 5" in Shamrakh field, north of Baha region, southwest Saudi Arabia.

Ahmad Bin Mohammad Al Jarwan, Chairman of the Arab Parliament in the Arab league said he ‘disappointed’ with the Pakistani parliament’s decision to remain neutral in the Yemen conflict.

His comments came a day after the Pakistani Parliament decided not to participate in Operation Decisive Storm in a move that drew sharp criticism from the UAE.

Al Jarwan described the Pakistani decision as ‘inconsistent’ with Arab and Islamic stances.

On Friday, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash has said on Twitter that the Pakistani parliament’s rejection of intervention in Yemen is “unexpected from Islamabad”.

“The Pakistani parliament’s decision that stipulates “neutrality in the Yemeni conflict” and expresses “its genuine support for Saudi Arabia” is contradictory and unexpected from Islamabad.”

‘The Arabian Gulf is in a dangerous and fateful confrontation and its strategic security is at stake. Moments like these distinguish real allies from those of media statements”. “Pakistan is required to have a clear stance for the sake of

its strategic relations with Gulf states. Positions that are contradictory in such fateful issue has a high cost,” Gargash added.

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